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Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.). (Photo courtesy of office of Rep. Bridenstine.)

Bridenstine Takes Reins Of NASA

Former U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) formally became NASA’s 13th administrator April 23, four days after his controversial nomination narrowly cleared the Senate. During a swearing-in ceremony at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., Bridenstine paid homage to several of his early and recent predecessors and pledged to build on their work.  “I will do my […]

Senate OKs Rep. Bridenstine To Lead NASA

The U.S. Senate narrowly approved Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) as NASA’s 13th administrator April 19, ending a months-long stalemate over his controversial nomination. The 50-49 party-line vote came a day after the Senate voted, 50-48, to limit debate on the nomination. It also came three days after Vice President Mike Pence, while speaking at the 34th Space […]

Air Force To Launch Communications Relay Satellite

The U.S. Air Force announced April 6 that it plans to launch a new communications-relay satellite as part of a multi-payload mission later in April. The Continuous Broadcast Augmenting SATCOM (CBAS) satellite, which is intended for geosynchronous orbit, will continuously relay data from existing military communications satellites to support senior leaders and combatant commanders, Air […]

White House Finalizing New Policy On Space Traffic Management

The Trump administration is putting the finishing touches on a new space traffic management policy designed to protect U.S. national security and commercial spacecraft amid growing congestion in space, Vice President Mike Pence announced April 16. The National Space Council, which Pence chairs, will soon send the proposed policy to President Donald Trump for his […]

DoD’s Griffin Eyes Using Directed Energy For Space-Based Missile Defense

Pentagon technology chief Michael Griffin said April 17 that he wants to field a megawatt-class, directed energy (DE) device in space by the late 2020s to protect the United States against hostile long-range missiles. And “within a few years,” he wants to have a 100-kilowatt-class laser that can be deployed on an Army Stryker vehicle […]

Heather Wilson testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on her nomination to be Air Force secretary. (Air Force photo)

Air Force Review May Lead To Axe For Some Small Programs

A broad review of U.S. Air Force programs may lead to the cancellation of some smaller efforts, service Secretary Heather Wilson said April 20. “I’ve gotten an initial briefing on it, and they’ve identified some programs that may end up not being continued,” Wilson said during the question-and-answer portion of an American Enterprise Institute event. […]

An Air Force F-22 Raptor. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force Probing F-22 Mishap In Nevada

The U.S. Air Force is investigating why an F-22 Raptor skidded to a stop on the runway at Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada shortly after takeoff last week. The Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built F-22, which is assigned to the 90th Fighter Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) in Alaska, was at Fallon to participate in a training […]

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch (Air Force photo)

B-21 Bomber Making Progress On Software, Air Force Says

Software deliveries have begun for the U.S. Air Force’s future B-21 Raider bomber, a service official said late April 18. “We’ve delivered the first set of software for the platform, and we’re going through that,” said Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, military deputy in the Air Force acquisition office. “And we’re getting set up for the next set […]

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.). (Photo courtesy of office of Rep. Bridenstine.)

Senate OKs Rep. Bridenstine To Lead NASA

The U.S. Senate narrowly approved Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) as NASA’s 13th administrator April 19, ending a months-long stalemate over his controversial nomination. The 50-49 party-line vote came a day after the Senate voted, 50-48, to limit debate on the nomination. It also came three days after Vice President Mike Pence, while speaking at the […]

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Air Force Taps Lockheed Martin To Develop Air-Launched Hypersonic Weapon

The U.S. Air Force has picked Lockheed Martin [LMT] to develop and test the air-launched Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon (HCSW) prototype, the service announced late April 18. Lockheed Martin was one of three bidders for the multi-year contract, which has a value of up to $928 million.  The Air Force said it plans to award […]